Puck drops on ju­nior ‘B’ hockey sea­son for Glens, Rebels

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BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor The puck dropped on the CCHL2 201718 sea­son last week­end, as the Alexan­dria Glens and Char-Lan Rebels both saw ac­tion at the league’s open­ing show­case in Ot­tawa.

The ac­tion didn’t go off with­out a hitch, how­ever, as the Glens didn’t get to fin­ish one of their games due to tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties at the new pri­vately-man­aged arena com­plex.

With the Alexan­dria boys up 3-0 af­ter one pe­riod Satur­day night, against the Brockville Tikis, Glens coach Stephan Nadeau was in­formed that the re­main­der of the game would have to be post­poned due to prob­lems with the ice resur­fac­ing ma­chine.

In fact, all three matches that were un­der­way were dis­rupted.

Ac­cord­ing to a mes­sage re­ceived from the CCHL2, the root of the is­sue was an alarm on a door that pro­vides ac­cess to the rinks for the ice ma­chine. Staff could not fix the prob­lem, forc­ing games to be scrubbed.

Nadeau was de­cid­edly dis­pleased, de­scrib­ing the is­sue as “crazy.”

With Ni­co­las Rousseau in net, the Glens got goals from Mikael Gibeault (as­sisted by Alexan­dre Elie and Vic­tor Bis­son), Nash McLean (off a feed from Gibeault), and Adam Pa­que­tte (set up by In­nis MacLeod and David Chaloux).

The league tells that the game will be re­sumed at a date to be de­ter­mined. No word yet on where the con­test will be. Tech­ni­cally, even though this game was at the show­case, it was a home match for the Glens.

The Alexan­dria squad did get to a play full game on Sun­day, though the re­sult wasn’t what coach Nadeau had wanted, jok­ing af­ter­wards that he wished this one had been stopped af­ter one pe­riod.

The Sept. 10 con­test pit­ted the Glens against the White­wa­ter Kings, which are the re­lo­cated (to Cob­den) Prescott Flyers.

The teams traded goals in the open­ing frame, with Alexan­dria’s pot­ted by MacLeod, set up by Austin Ladouceur.

The Kings went on to add sin­gle goals in each of the next two pe­ri­ods, hand­ing the Glens a 3-1 loss.

Bren­nan Nadeau was in net for Alexan­dria, mak­ing 23 saves.

Rebels skate to split

The Char-Lan Rebels got both of their games in with­out trou­ble, skat­ing to a 1-1 record at the CCHL2 show­case.

On Satur­day, the boys opened the ju­nior ‘B’ hockey sea­son with a 5-3 loss to the Athens Aeros.

Athens built a 3-0 lead, hold­ing it un­til the 15:14 mark of the se­cond stanza, when Char-Lan bagged the first of three goals, which got the Rebs back on even terms by the se­cond in­ter­mis­sion.

On a power play 13 min­utes into the third, the Aeros bagged what would stand as the game-win­ning tally. The Aeros added an in­sur­ance marker late to round out the scor­ing.

Mathieu Sabourin scored Char-Lan’s open­ing goal, off a feed from Pierre-Luc Sabourin. Liam Mac­Don­ald, on a power play, nabbed the next one, as­sisted by Ja­son Cos­sette and Sam Gau­dreau, who later scored too, set up by Mac­Don­ald.

Daw­son Irv­ing took the loss be­tween the pipes, de­spite a 35-save ef­fort.

Char-Lan went one-for-six on the power play.

Game two also fin­ished up 5-3, al­beit this time in favour of the Rebels, who vic­tim­ized the Ren­frew Tim­ber­wolves.

Af­ter a score­less open­ing frame, Matthew Har­ring­ton pot­ted an unas­sisted tally just 81 sec­onds into the mid­dle pe­riod, to set the ta­ble for the win.

Gau­dreau found the tar­get six min­utes later, set up by Mac­Don­ald and Evan Hunt­ley.

Ren­frew got one back, but the Rebs quickly replied, this time from Zenin Biron, as­sisted by Gau­dreau and Dy­lan Seguin.

Mac­Don­ald, from Hunt­ley and Cos­sette, made it a 4-1 lead for Char-Lan, just 58 sec­onds into the third frame. His goal would end up be­ing the game-win­ner.

Ren­frew clawed to within a goal in the lat­ter half of the pe­riod, be­fore Hunt­ley sealed it, with helpers from Sam Fer­land and Kolten Oakes-Cook.

In net, Darien John­son back­stopped the win, stop­ping 35 shots.

Other CCHL2 show­case re­sults: Arn­prior 4 vs. Em­brun 3 (SO), Ot­tawa West 6 vs. Ren­frew 3, Cas­sel­man 5 vs. Perth 0, Car­leton Place 5 vs. Winch­ester 1, Em­brun 6 vs. West­port 1, Ot­tawa West 4 vs. Athens 2, Ot­tawa 6 vs. Brockville 0, Arn­prior 6 vs. Rich­mond 3, Winch­ester 4 vs. Perth 1,

NEXT DEAD­LINE: Mon­day, Sept. 18, noon

Cas­sel­man 7 vs. Car­leton Place 2.

Hockey re­turns to the Glen­garry Sports Palace, in Alexan­dria, on Fri­day, Sept. 15, when the Glens (0-1) will host the CharLan Rebels (1-1) at 8 p.m.

Char-Lan’s home opener, at the Rec. Cen­tre in Wil­liamstown, is booked for Satur­day, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m., with the Perth Blue Wings ( 0- 2) pro­vid­ing the op­po­si­tion.

Alexan­dria is go­ing with an all-Glen­garry goal­tend­ing tan­dem this sea­son, with North Lan­caster’s Ni­co­las Rousseau and Glen Robert­son’s Bren­nan Nadeau.

Austin Ladouceur is the lone “home­town” player with the Glens.

Other county boys cur­rently on the Alexan­dria ros­ter in­clude Adam Pa­que­tte (Ap­ple Hill), In­nis MacLeod (Dalkeith), and Lee Seguin (Lan­caster).

Sev­eral North Glen­garry boys are mem­bers of the Rebels this year: Dy­lan Seguin, Mathieu Sabourin, Pierre- Luc Sabourin, and Liam Mac­Don­ald.

Nu­mer­ous South Glen­gar­ri­ans who could skate for Char-Lan are on the ros­ters of the Corn­wall Colts (ju­nior ‘A’ and U18).

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